We feel honored every day to be able to partner with some of the best locum tenens doctors in the country to deliver quality patient care.
In honor of National Doctors Day, we’re celebrating physicians in our community by sharing some of their stories. Read on to hear more about their compassionate approach to patient care, and how they serve their communities through their locums work.
“I share my story [of surviving cancer] with patients very freely, and they appreciate that. They like to hear that their doctor is someone who’s been at the other side of the stethoscope.
I have this philosophy that once you’ve mastered something, or something has changed you, it’s your duty to help others with it. I feel like I was given a gift, a second chance if you will, and I wanted to do something with it.”
“As with any specialty, you just can’t turn it off. When you lay down your head at night, you can’t not worry about the patients you saw that day. It was nice to turn it off entirely for a while [when I retired], but it’s also nice to continue to do it now in a way that’s more sustainable.
I feel like when I look in the mirror every day, that I’ve helped. I’ve helped somebody through a tough time with their pregnancy.”
“Patients consistently thank me for making them feel comfortable. That’s the first part of doctoring: we have to speak to the person. Before I can give you my advice, you have to be able to trust me, and part of that trust is building rapport.
I’ve always felt very close to my patients. In locums, it’s less busy, even though there’s a bigger need, so I get to spend more time talking to people. Especially in a small town, it makes you feel a part of the community. I wasn’t expecting that. I saw it as a job–– I thought I would just do my work and then go home. And then I found myself going back home thinking, this is my community. I have to make sure I can be the best urologist for them as I can be, and care for these people.”
“I worked as a critical care nurse in Portland before becoming an emergency care doctor in Montana. So I already knew what I was getting into when I went into medicine. I knew what kind of doctor I did and didn’t want to be. I went from practicing at the biggest hospitals to the smallest hospitals., and I don’t think I’ve ever worked in a hospital with more than 75-100 beds since
I do a lot of carpentry, and there are certain tools that I really count on. A good doctor is like those tools. Especially when it comes to the ER, [and especially in small hospitals].They require you to use everything in your toolkit. You have to make it work, so you make it work.”
To all of the amazing doctors in the Hayes Locums community: thank you for everything you do! We’re inspired by you every single day.